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Mirka Ivanovic, Psy.D.

Assistant Director for Training

Staff Psychologist

Pronouns: She/Her

Areas of Special Interest Heading link

Depression, women’s issues, working with immigrant and international students, trauma, identity exploration, grief/loss, existential issues, mindfulness and self-compassion, shame, sexual assault awareness and prevention, and counselor training and development

Liaison To Heading link

  • Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
  • Office of Global Engagement

Languages Spoken Heading link

  • English
  • Serbian
  • Croatian

What to Expect When Working with Me Heading link

I aim to create a collaborative, genuine and trusting relationship with you in therapy by infusing curiosity, spontaneity and honesty into how I relate to others. I listen for patterns – how you show up in relationships, how you view yourself or how you experience our work together – in an effort to help you understand yourself better and examine what patterns, if any, are worth changing or reshaping. I believe it’s important to also have open dialogue about identity – including aspects of privilege and marginalization and how they shape those aforementioned patterns and ways of being – in an effort to create a relationship rooted in dignity and respect for the complexity of what we each carry as cultural beings. Once we establish a shared understanding of what the problem areas are and how they came to be, I strive to serve as a trusted consultant and mirror to help you bravely reflect on changes you are contemplating that will lead you to more fulfilling relationships and/or a life where you feel more grounded in purpose, meaning and value. I also enjoy incorporating mindfulness, self-compassion and philosophical tenents into work where relevant as well.

Education and Training Heading link

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology  |  The Chicago School of Professional Psychology  |  2011

Doctoral Internship  |  Butler University Counseling and Consultation Services

What I Do at the Counseling Center Heading link

As a Staff Psychologist and Assistant Director for Training, I:

  • See clients for individual therapy, initial consultations, and crisis services
  • Co-facilitate therapy groups, including the Graduate Student Process Group and a General Process Group for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Co-facilitate a workshop series on mindfulness skills titled “Mindful Way”
  • Co-facilitate a seminar for trainees on multicultural therapy supervision
  • Provide one-on-one supervision to postdoctoral fellows, doctoral interns, and graduate student externs providing therapy services at the Counseling Center
  • Oversee recruitment, interview and selection of postdoctoral fellows and advanced therapy externs each year, including leading the search committes for these positions

About Me Heading link

I love my rescue dog (a “supermutt”) but have a not-so-secret obsession with Corgis. I love the vibrancy of city life but often seek opportunities to retreat to the stillness of nature. I love running and often use it as a metaphor for navigating life’s hardships. When traveling, I make it a priority to find the best donut or cupcake in town.